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-class families from a tax increase tomorrow. there are a number of issues on which the two sides are still apart. but negotiations are continuing as i speak. we really are running out of time. americans are threatened with a tax hike in just a few hours. i hope we can keep in mind our single-most important goal is to protect middle-class families. whether or not we reach agreement in the short time we have left we'll need agreement from both sides from taxes going up tomorrow for every family in america. there are still some issues that need to be resolved before we can bring legislation to the floor. the president pro tempore: under the previous order, the senate will proceed to a period of morning business until 12:00 noon. it's for debate only. senators are permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. harkin: mr. president, i understand we're in morning business. the president pro tempore: the senator is correct. mr. harkin: mr. president, i was disturbed to read in "the washington post" this morning that so
to drop but it's not going to be a good drop. >> reporter: with no deal taxes will go up and spending will be slashed. some warn the impact could spark another recession. with the deadline approaching the president returned to the white house and the united states senate is back in session. the house will reconvene by sunday evening. >> there is still time and it depends on how complicated the fiction it. >> reporter: the sticking point continues to be taxes. democrats want to extend the tax cuts to everybody but those americans making $250,000 or more a year. republicans remain against any tax increases. the debate is park sparking a high stakes match. >> the speaker cares more about his speaker ship than helping the nation. >> nobody is willing to pull the trigger. everybody wants to play the blame game. it's about to put us over the edge. >> reporter: and that's just where the economy may go. some say a situation could be allowing tax increases to tack effect on january 1st and then on the third when the new congress is sworn in, lawmakers can vote to cut taxes. >> the new year
obama went on "meet the press" to call out mcconnell and house speaker john boehner over tax hikes. >> i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to know that taxes should go up as part of an overall deficit reduction. >> a health scare for hillary clinton. new details as the secretary of state undergoes treatment for a blood clot in a new york hospital. >>> ringing in the new year. from sydney to new york city. the world turns the page to 2013. good day. i'm chris live in washington in for andrea today. deal or no deal? as vice president joe biden and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell continue negotiations, we just have learned that president obama will speak about the fiscal cliff at 1:30 p.m. eastern time. with all that happening, let's get right to our daily fix. nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill, nbc's kristen welker at the white house, and jonathan capehart, washington post editorial writer and my colleague and an msnbc contributor. okay, kelly. the action is on the hill where it's been for the last few days. let's start with you. thi
. what tax and spending issues do need included in any compromise. republicans, your number is -- democrats -- independents -- if you are outside the u.s. -- you can also catch up with us on all your favorite social media sites, twitter, facebook, or e- mail us. a very good morning to you. taking to the latest headlines on the fiscal cliff. i will run a few -- through a few of them for you. from "the daily news" -- also "l.a. times" -- i will take to "a "boston globe"" -- "the boston globe" -- the new york post -- the story i want to start with this morning is from politico. that line is -- senate leaders are headed into a critical sunday session of congress with a similar mission to avoid historic tax hikes, setting the stage for a high wire a final act of fiscal cliff negotiating just two days before the country is hit with a series of tough austerity measures. -- that again is from politico this morning. you're getting your thoughts, and we want to hear your message to congress on the fiscal cliff negotiations. the politico story mentioned what was happening on saturday e
and then tax hikes on everyone, automatic spending cuts, and no deal reported. the two parties are talking again at least. steve has the latest from capitol hill. >> sources are capitol hill say president obama in today's talks feels he has the advantage back and that he will press on his original demand that income taxes rise on earnings over $250,000. it's a positive sign, the first meeting since mid november the four congressional leaders at the white house. called by president obama, house speaker john boehner is a key figure. >> the fact that he has come back to me says that they cannot come up with some kind of agreement. -- that they can come up with an agreement. >> both sides want to avoid middle-class tax cuts. the hang up is the tax hikes on the rich. those making over $250,000 in the obama reposal or $400,000, a level that mitch mcconnell reportedly said he might be able to sel? republicans won the debate shifted. >> the talk about taxes, but what it should be about is what we want to talk about today -- the medicare fiscal cliff. >> no date to cut a day to reform entitlements
that immediately. senate democrats saying we passed a bill that raises tax rates on incomes over $250,000, we ran on this and this is what we are offering. house republicans were saying, no, we want to negotiate something, figure it out and send it to us. someone is going to have to move. who? the president met with senate majority leader harry reid before going to hawaii and his offer was to extend the tax cuts for incomes under $250,000, extend unemployment insurance benefits, and the lady across the board automatic cuts that are supposed to start january 1. that seems to be a non starter with republicans. it's hard to see where we go from here. host: have they been talking over the christmas break at all? also, one has been the role of senator mitch mcconnell? guest: the line that comes from the speakers office all the time is the line of communication remain open. i don't know how much talking they did as the president was in hawaii spending time with his family and the speaker was back home in ohio, i believe. i don't know that for sure. everyone was doing their family time and not really wo
on all the tax issues. >> the agreement looks like this. taxes will go up on folks earning more than $250,000 a year. tax credits for college tuition, clean energy and for those with children would be extended as well. >> it is not done. >> there are still some things to be resolved before it can bring legislation to the floor. >> in an afternoon briefing, president obama said he will not accept the deal that slashes spending without raising taxes, too. >> if they think that is going to be the formula for how we solve this thing, that is not how it is going to work. >> republicans reacted this way. >> i know the president has done heckling congress. i think he lost probably numbers of boats. >> he laughs and jokes and ridiculed republicans. >> both sides still have to sell any deal to their rank and file, and some democrats were not pleased. the senate may or may not vote on this tonight, but the house is adjourning and would vote on this tomorrow at the earliest. so technically, at least, the nation goes over the cliff at midnight. sally kidd, wbal-tv 11 news. >> maryland could lose hund
>> we have two mainly threats on the horizon. the fiscal cliff and tax increases for everybody if the deal is not reached this week, but potential strike, law shoreman threatening to walk off the ports in the east on gulf coast. this could disrupt billions of dollars in shipments. joining us now ed butowsky, a hell of a way to start a week with the threat after strike. to put it in context, when l.a. had a dock workers strike ten years ago, it cost a billion dollars a day. this is going to affect ports in newark, houston, miami, this could be several billion dollar hits every day to our economy? >> yeah, and i tell you, when you look at it, it's really similar. there are some parallels to the fiscal cliff discussion. because the arguments are about are the royalty payments that the dock workers get for bringing merchandise on board and unloading the cargo and what the similarity is really that we're not-- they're not talking about more business, they're talking about how do we split up the same pie and same thing with the fiscal cliff, we're not talking growing the economy, how
norquist. he is the president of americans for tax reform. jason chaff et cetera, chris van hollen, and johnny isaacson. >> that's a stacked show. >> soledad is off. "starting point" begins right now. >>> our starting point, a health scare for secretary of state hillary clinton. doctors discovered a blood clot in a followup exam related to her concussion. the location of the clot has not yet been disclosed, but clinton treated with antikanticoagulant. jill dougherty, live in our washington bureau. what are you hearing? >> not a lot. since that statement sunday night, sanjay. they are really saying -- as you said, they are monitoring, and here is the statement so you can listen to exactly what they said. that her doctors are going to continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. because after all this happened as a result they say of that concussion, and they will determine if any further action is required. so it's really, you know, watch, wait, observe, and see how she's doing. this has kind of grown. remember, you know, the flu, then tha
a 20% of gdp to 25% gdp and rather than cut spending raise taxes as necessary to support that spending and i would say that is in fact essentially the french model. and the question is whether it can support enough growth in the economy. >> paul: taxes are going up, we know that, spending, going up for sure even before the health care law kicks in. so, we are moving in that direction, particularly in the entitlement state. not reforming it, but actually expanding it. >> aen what happened this year was the supreme court helping this along, you have the justices essentially rewrite legislation changing the plain text that congress passed in order to declare obamacare constitutional, which is a little scary, that that highest justices in the land would take that sort of activist role and you mentioned france, dan, that's scary. the back drop of this whole presidential year is europe. we know where the path leads. and the turmoil and welfare states and how unsustainability and the high unemployment that comes with them and that was the back drop of our presidential campaign. >> paul: okay,
than 24 hours away from going off the so-called fiscal cliff. >> there is still no deal to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts in. >> danielle leigh has more. >> congress is waking up from an intense weekend. >> the senate stands in recess. >> they will not meet again until later this morning. in atre going to come 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and we will have further announcements perhaps at 11:00 in the morning. >> hold because of what aides described as constructive movement over the weekend. avoiding a jump in inheritance taxes. republicans dropped a demand to cut social security. >> the consequences are too high for the american people to be engaged. i am interested in getting a result here. >> i think it has been hard for john boehner and mitch mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit. >> yesterday it was republicans waiting on democrats for a counter offer. >> mitch mcconnell called the vice president for help. lawmakers will scrambled into the final hours. republicans will likely push for reforms they give up this time around
tax hikes and swing -- a tactic -- and cuts. >> >> t . >> i hope that they can work together and realize that this is affecting everyone. >> both chambers will reconvene this morning at whichthat they k together and realize that this is affecting everyone. >> both chambers will reconvene this morning at which point, there are just 12 hours left until this deadline. >> whatboth chambers will recone this morning at which point, there are just 12 hours left until this deadline. >> what are lawmakers working on today? >> we understand that senator harry reid, the majority leader, will what are lawmakers workingn today? >> we understand that senator harry reid, the majority leader, will reintroduce the pre fiscal cliff, maryland would be hit hard with hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs lost. >> if america falls off that fiscal cliff, maryland would be hit hard with hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs lost. >> good morning, in marylanee hit hard with hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs lost. >> good morn
cliff trade without any action by both chambers of congress, billions of dollars of tax increases and spending cuts are scheduled to officially begin tomorrow. while we wait for the house to come back into session, more from the economist magazine forum. this is on technological innovations and how they might change medical care in the coming year. >> thank you. i have the pleasure of talking about health care in 2013. 2013 is to be a big year for health care. there is an enormous amount of exciting research in global health and personalized madison. at the same time, the affordable care act is continuing its torturous implementation with 2014 as the big year when medicaid will be expanded, when people will be required to get insurance and this question of how you expand access to health care, how you lower-cost is going to heat up in the next year if that is even possible. to discuss these issues, we have esther dyson. she has trained as an astronaut. going to space is much easier. please welcome esther. [applause] >> good morning. i am going to talk briefly and make predictions
done, the tax part. that could get scuttled by the other half, the spending part. john boehner could change his mind, but unless the house speaker does, and allows a vote on the deal still being worked out, america goes off the fiscal cliff. surrounding himself with middle- class americans, president obama had sounded off this afternoon. >> it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight, but it is not done. >> sources say taxes would rise on income over $500,000, which the president sees as a big win for him. >> just last month, republicans in congress said they would never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest americans. obviously the agreement that is currently being done would raise those rates and raise them permanently. >> some democrats did not applaud. agreedid the president's to raise rates on those making over $250,000, not four hundred thousand dollars. >> democrats won a two-year postponement, with costs covered by new tax hike. the president scoffed at republican demands for deeper spending cuts. >> shove spending cuts at us. >
, there are well down the light. they won the taxes now. by the time the cuts come in, this ought to be turned around and it was said, we do not need the cuts now that if it has turned around. host: lots of comments coming in of this but so far. one caller rights -- sarasota, florida on the line now. good morning, jill. caller: did morning. i have only one very short thing to say. listen, everyone out there. no matter what party believe in, they're used to be a wonderful country in africa called rhodesia. we are talking about african problems, but it was a bread basket country. produce things. now it is called zimbabwe. inflation is over 1000%. that is all i am going to say to the people watching and listening to this program because we are heading in the same direction. thank you and have a wonderful new year. host: a tear from bob now in the democrat light. caller: thank you for letting me have a chance to speak. i am more optimistic -- i a more pessimistic than optimistic. i just do not think they will ever get together like they should. my one comment is when they start speaking about the
that are beneficiary of another insurance program. that loan is a hidden tax that people don't focus on unless it's pointed out to them. it raises the cost to everyone else. that fact never gets talked about. and it should. >> the largest government health care program medicare is frequently reported to have fraud levels of high sometimes $60 billion a year. i think that's a number i heard. >> i heard it. >> so you can imagine the frustration an the part of the public about that kind of . >> absolutely. >> that kind of fraud and abuse. what has this city never been able to get the arms around the level of fraud and abuse. what does it say for the expansion of government-one programs? >> well, the fact is that it's expensive to weed out the waste fraud and abuse. it takes an awful lot of government time and money put in to eliminating it. i think it's worth doing it. i don't think we do it nearly enough because if you stop it, and slow it down, then gradually you can retract the government requirement to weed it out. you get rid of it you don't have to pay as much to keep it out as you do to get o
are still threatened with a tax hike in just a few hours. i hope we can keep in mind our single most important goal is to protect middle-class families. >> democrats have agreed to extend tax cuts for people making up to $400,000. it is higher than the $250,000 limit the president wanted. the hope is that instead of a grand bargain, a smaller package gets passed with the real job being pushed up until the new year about this whole thing is a national embarrassment. i think it is an embarrassment to the president and both sides of the aisle and both the house and of the senate panel without a deal, americans will face over $530 billion in tax increases at $110 billion in spending cuts for the military and other federal agencies. federal workers could be furloughed or laid off. brain-dead need across-the-board spending cuts to get the same percentage cuts to wasteful and on needed program, another sticking point is deficit-reduction. >> market remains a wild card. if no deal is rich -- is reached, we face more financial insecurity. >> negotiations continue in the house and senate but t
where everyone's taxes go up and huge spending cuts kick in, saying that would be wrong for the economy and wrong for the country. the president said he is urging the senate leaders, reid and mcconnell to come back to him with a plan by sunday. he says if they're unable to do that, then he is demanding that his backup proposal from last week allowing tax rates to rise for those making $250,000 and extending unemployment we was for 2 million jobless americans whose benefits will run out on january 1st, he wants that proposal to go to the house and the senate, the senate first, and demands an up or down vote. >> if you can get a majority in the house and a majority in the senate, then we should be able to pass a bill. so the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> again, the president reiterated he wants that up or down vote and says that the american public deserves it. the president's remarks came after an hour meeting -- let me try that again. the president's remarks came an hour and a half after he fini
these prevent it, in control of whether or not your taxes go up come new year's day. harry reid, minority leader mitch mcconnell, house speaker john boehner and house democratic leader nancy pelosi met at the white house yesterday afternoon with the president and vice president. here's where things stand right now. the senate leaders are meeting aiming to avoid tax hikes. and they may vote on a deal sunday or perhaps on monday. jessica yellin is our chief white house correspondent. lisa day jar dayne is on capitol hill. the president used his bully pulpit to reinforce the idea that senators need to get busy. so let's listen. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable, why everything always has to wait till the last minute. we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> so jessica, you were
. the gop to get off the table. the deadline is monday at midnight. if no deal, taxes go up on nine out of 10 americans. potentially catastrophic spending cuts start kicking in. lawmakers spent much of the day behind closed doors plotting strategy. president obama blamed the impasse on republicans. >> the way they are behaving is there on the priority is making sure the tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> on sunday, the president talked about his plan b. he wants the senate to vote on extending tax cuts to everyone but the rich. >> if the republicans baca, middle-class taxes will go a. >> a political showdown with only one certainty, tomorrow night's deadline. the president has a plan c, reversing the effects of the cliff on january 4 when the new congress is in town. >> if america does fall off the fiscal cliff, maryland would be hit hard. hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs lost. sarah sampson continue our coverage. >> maryland has very strong ties to the federal government. lots of federal workers and businesses that rely on the federal
discussion here at the white house about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. and i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. senators reid and mcconnell are working on such an agreement as we speak. >> it comes after speaker boehner left the white house. he didn't say anything to reporters and neither did anyone else who was seen leaving the meeting. here's what we do know. in just four days, taxes will go up on millions. and millions more will have their vital unemployment benefits run out. that's why president obama organized the meeting with vice president biden, speaker boehner, nancy pelosi and senators reid and mcconnell. he urged them to extend jobless benefits. we can deal with cuts to defense and domestic programs later. but let's take care of the middle and working class right now. give them assurance right now. joining me is congressman chief ellison. he's co-chair of the progressive caucus and melissa harris perry, host of the melissa harris perry show here on msnbc. thank you both for coming on the show. >> thank you,
the press." >> on midnight, december 31st, if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. and for the average family, that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income. for the entire economy, that means consumers have a lot less money to make purchases, which means businesses are going to have a lot less customers, which means that they're less likely to hire and the whole economy could slow down at a time when the economy is starting to pick up. >> but after it was all said and done, leaders on the senate floor couldn't get anything done, at least not yet. >> there's no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. the sticking point appears to be a willingness and interest or frankly the courage to close the deal. i want everyone to know, i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> this morning, we've been trying to come up with some counteroffice to my friend's proposal. we haven't been able to do that. i've had a number of conversations with the president and at this stage, we're not able to make the counteroffer. >> that's joe biden, i believe. t
spare millions of families from tax increases. after frustrating weekend, it's looks like negotiators are closing in on a deal with only hours to spare, a deal that would extend the current tax breaks for households making up to $450,000 and keeps the estate tax at upper level >> . congress is your under duress even with the people they love, themselves, special-interests. >> it appears to be a temporary bandaged and also extend unemployment benefits and delays the automatic spending cuts to the pentagon and domestic programs by three months. crack at some point you just want to not pay attention to it. >> others are more optimistic. >> hopefully, they will figure it out next year. we have options if we go over the fiscal cliff. >> mitch mcconnell and senate democrats hit a stalemate on the weekend and he met twice today with the vice-president. >> i am willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> the deal is tenuous and needs to get through a republican- controlled house as a countdown of a different kind chris closer, that is set to trigger a broad tax increases and dra
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they arote negotiating. coming up with ways to prevent tax hikes and spending cuts if no deal is reached before then. mitch mcconnell telling us they have been going back and forth all day and talks are continuing into the evening. no major progress though yet to report. and that is how fox reports on this saturday, december 29th. i'mm harris falkner. tomorrow, tune in for a specialal two-hour fox report as the fiscal cliff deadline nears on the eve of the last stock market day of theae year. we will be all over it with deadlines and they are trying to get a vote, something together. "huckabee" starts now. >> this week on the journal editorial report. a look back at the year that was and what is ahead for 2013. 2012 was a tough year for conservatives on the national level, but in the states, some hopeful signs of reform, and looking forward, is the economy headed for rebound orie session? will the new year bring a with iran? our panel is here with their prediction. >>> welcome to this special edition of "the journal editorial report" as we look back at the year that was and the challenge
to increase taxes on the highest income earners. the negotiators will still have to work out where exactly the tax increases would hit and whether they would stop the increase of the estate tax. the president has asked democratic leader harry reid to prepare a separate bill to put on the senate floor that would increase taxes for households that earn a quarter million dollars or more, and respect -- expect republicans would block that proposal. but rather than take it back as a stopgap measure, think of it as a political move to try to shift the responsibility of failure on to republi watches the hour of reckoning. >> as the deadline approaches, our coverage of the fiscal cliff negotiations continue on television and on-line at wjla.com. >> some people in the area are still cleaning up after the high wind thursday. and, apart, a tree crashed through a house. -- in takoma park, a tree crashed through a house. in mclean, trees littered the georgetown park way. >> maryland health officials are reporting their first death related to hypothermia of the season. the health department says a 65- y
the president. this is personal. this has nothing to do with raising taxes. this is a personal attack and i think it's a shame. we look like a third world country. we don't look like the united states. host: let's get a republican voice. our next caller is calling from west bloomfield, michigan, on the republican line. good morning. caller: i would like to get your thoughts on a balanced approach and have unbiased taxation by using a flat tax. that way you can calculate the amount of taxes we need for the deficit over 10 years. another point is to control the spending on entitlements by not giving millionaires social security benefits, thereby satisfying president obama's approach. instead of doing it through taxation, he can do it through the entitlements. guest: those are both ideas that have been raised, especially the social security and medicare benefits for the wealthy and potentially might not need them to live off of. one tricky part of that is wealthier americans have been paying these taxes for decades into social security and medicare if and a lot of folks have a problem with the
to trigger a broad tax increases and drastic cuts in domestic and military spending. >> we will have for their amendments. >> several issues are still being debated. the president is trying to broker a deal that would at least preserve tax rates on families with incomes under $250,000. it would extend expiring unemployment benefits. >> our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle- class families do not go up that would hurt our economy. >> republicans are adamant about keeping the estate and inheritance taxes from going up. over the weekend, an offer was made on the gop side. a counter proposal was never presented. >> i am willing to get this done. i need a dance partner. >> if there is no deal today scott, we can tell you that the average american family will start the new year with 3 $400 tax hike. reporting live on capitol hill, john gonzalez, abc 7 is. >> thank you, john. 5:07. at 29 degrees. the kardashian clan is [ ma announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. busay i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fo i
automatic income tax hike on most americans looks close. >> as steve handelsman reports, only half of the deal is done. it could be scuttled all together by the half that's not done. >> surrounding himself with middle-class americans whose taxes would rise at midnight, president obama announced a possible deal. >> it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight, but it's not done. >> reporter: sources say taxes would rise on income over four to five hundred,000, which the president sees as a big win for him. >> keep in mind just last month republicans in congress said they would never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest of americans. obviously the agreement currently being discussed would raise the rates and raise them permanently. >> in democrats are not applauding. they taye the president promised tax hikes bon 250,000. >> i think that's grossly unfair. >> reporter: senate republican lead egg mitch mcconnell made the tax deal with vice president joe biden. >> let's pass the tax relief portion now. >> reporter: a hang upis automatic defense
of the tax issues have been worked out, should have been worked out on the floor in regular order. i think most of the senate is very distressed that we're in a situation where a negotiation is taking place all of this time, and it's not being done through regular order, but that's the way things are today in the senate. but i just heard the president say that in dealing with the sequester that was put in place to reduce spending, it was part of a $2.1 trillion package to reduce spending so that we could raise the debt ceiling back in august of 2011, no one ever thought we would end up in this place where the sequester would be enacted, but it was done so that we would reduce spending. and i notice my friend from arizona is here who has been one of the best there is to focus on defense spending and how it should be done, and i know he would like to see things happen in a very different way in that regard, but i just heard the president say that the way we're going to deal with this sequester is in a balanced way through revenues and through reduced spending, and i just want to go on record
the fiscal cliff. what will lawmaker do to save you from more taxes and fewer benefits? >>> the littlest pawns in a political fight. we'll talk to one woman whose hopes for adopting a russian son may have just been shattered. >>> and they're back. kathy griffin and anderson cooper ringing in new year's eve. but why was kathy's make itted on "a.c.'s" -- naked on "a.c.'s" couch? we'll explain. >>> good morning, it's 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 on the west coast. i'm alison kosik. randi kaye is off today. we're just three days away from possibly crossing over the fiscal cliff. for the first time in weeks, there's some hope coming from washington. senate leaders are negotiating a deal they hope can go to a vote, go to a vote soon. cnn radio capitol hill correspondent lisa desjardins is in washington. you were on thrill yesterday for the political action between president obama, between congressional leaders. they sound more optimistic, at least president obama does. do you think we're any closer to a deal at this point? >> i think there's no doubt that we are closer to a deal, but how much
the cliff. i'm. patti ann: i'm patti ann browne. they will try to avoid the across the board tax hikes for 90% of the american households and deep spending cuts. so far little to no progguess has been reported. gregg: chief white house correspondent ed henry is in the white us. ed, what do we expect out the meeting if any at all? our expectations are a little bit low. >> reporter: you're exactly right, gregg, expectations have to be low. lawmakers of both parties in conjunction with the president have missed one deadline after another. we have been saying for a couple weeks they had to get moving get this completed before christmas in order to give the house and senate time to debate and end up voting on whatever package they come up with. now that we're days away from actually going off the fiscal cliff where these automatic massive spending cuts as well as large tax increases got into effect you have to have low expectations. it appears the white house is very confident in waiting for the republicans to make the next move. they keep saying inside the white house this is up to the rep
. >>> tax hikes and spending cuts could be hours away, it is down to the deadline, if congress and the president are going to stop the nation from going over the fiscal cliff. without a deal, taxes are said to go up on every american. sherrie johnson is here with the latest. >>> talks continue this morning about 11:00, so far there is no deal. republicans and democrats negotiated all weekend with the hope of passing legislation that will protect most people from a massive tax hike set to kick in tonight. there was optimism when the republican leader in the senate, mitch mc connell, made an offer, it ended when harry reid said he couldn't precepts a counter proposal. joe biden is playing a direct role in the talks. they remain at odds over the across the board cuts to government programs and defense set to go in to effect. they are divided on taxes. the white house wants to raise rates on people making more than 250,000 dollars a year. republicans would like to keep the estate tax from going over. >> we have to make sure taxes on middle class families don'ts go up that would hur
to an agreement taxes will go up on all americans january 1 and there will be spending cuts in just about every government agency. >>> vice president joe biden is going to take the lead for the democrats. mitch mcconnell for the gop. congress has come to an agreement on one issue. leaders of both parties announced sunday they have reached a deal to extend the 2008 farm bill for at least one more year. without a deal the agriculture secretary says americans would have been force today pay as much as $7 if a gallon of milk. but again, that has been averted. >>> we are watching your money. i know you are sick of hearing it but over the next few days the words fiscal cliff, you are not going to be able to avoid them. whether or not you think congress can pull off some sort of a compromise, one thing you need to be prepared for. for many of you, your paycheck will go down in the new year and here's why. the payroll tax was cut by 2 percentage points over the last two years. experts are saying that tax holiday is coming to an end. the center on policy and budget priorities says it is about $100 billi
the taxes on estates worth more than $5 million and extend unemployment benefits for one year. president obama said he would have preferred a grand bargain that solved all of washington's revenue and spending problems. >> with this congress that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. it may be -- and maybe we can do it in stages. >> negotiations have been going on all day. lawmakers and aides moving back and forth between meeting rooms here on capitol hill on what is normally a quiet new year's eve. the major sticking point now is spending. the president suggested lawmakers take action on deficit reduction in the next few months and that more tax revenue could be involved in those discussions, but republicans are furious at that possibility. >> i'm willing to support revenues to deal with this problem. the overall problem. but what i will not agree to is using revenues to replace spending reductions. >> reporter: even if the senate approves the deal by midnight, the house still has to pass the measure before the president can sign it into law. randall pinkston, cbs ne
, america goes after a bridge over the fiscal cliff. the spending cuts and tax hikes are expected to take effect. >> the night before the fiscal cliff. the senate gave up until tomorrow. >> there is still time to reach an agreement. >> they dropped the demand to cut social security. >> i am optimistic we can live move legislation and get this averted before tomorrow. >> the taxes will go up on most americans. huge cuts kick in. >> i think it is obvious president obama wants us to go over the fiscal cliff. >> president obama blamed republicans. >> they say the biggest priority is making sure they deal with the deficit in a significant way. they are behaving in a way that they're only priority is that the tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. blacks mitch mcconnell is vowing to find out. -- >> mitch mcconnell is vowing to find out. >> can the senate veteran help congress tumble to a deal on the last day? >> if we do go off the fiscal cliff, congress would be more likely to make a deal. members could claim they are cutting taxes. >> thank you. if america does fall off the fi
revenues, in other words democrat tax increases be used for new spending. >>> on meet the press president obama accused republicans of protecting the wealthiest americans from tax hikes. >> reporter: the president has asked his plan, which includes tax hikes, to be given an up or down vote. >>> i'm watching your money. asian stock markets mostly closed or traded lower today on diminished hopes u.s. lawmakers can come to an agreement on the fiscal cliff. wall street has a full trading day today. checking the numbers for you the dow starts this morning at 12938. that's right below 13,000 after selling off 158 points on friday. of course over concerns about the fiscal cliff. the nasdaq lost more than 25 points and the s & p 500 was off by around 16 points. >>> real estate in ocean city is moving off the market at a very brisk pace right now. numbers from the coastal association of realtors shows a 25% reduction in the inventory of unsold condos in ocean city. that includes multi-million dollar properties. the data show contracts are up 14% year to date with settlements up 6%. inventory incre
with $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts. as we head off a cliff, what can you and your family expect come january 2? president of the american action reform joins me now. so, windows narrowing, what can we expect from here? >> if we literally go on autopilot and they fail to change course, i am worried about the economy. some sharp equity market attractions, consumer confidence has already begun, lots and lots of notices sent out, layoffs scaring people to death. this is not a good news story for anybody looking for a job. gerri: the clock keeps on taking. the cover of "the new york post," pretty amusing. off the fiscal cliff, this is really going to hurt. i think everybody can relate to that one. for taxpayers, $500 billion increase in taxes. how will that hit people, how meaningful is it going to be, will they see the results in their first paychecks? >> for sure the higher taxes that came with health care reform. 8% on the income, 9% of payroll, every american 2.2% on every medical device except my glasses, contacts hearing aids. those are happen. payroll tax will go away
the tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in next week. keith russell with more on the budget talks that ended about 45 minutes away. >> jim, the meeting started at 3:10 and ended at 4:15. the four congressional leaders left without speaking to the media. with $600 billion in tax hikes set to take effect new year's day. senior advisers said the president was set to make a small offer with the full support of reid and pelosi. nbc news has learned that a previous offered made by the president, the one that involved a tax increase for only those earning more than $400 is off the table. advisers say that was part of a bigger proposal that speaker boehner did not accept. it looks like the current proposal goes back to raising taxes on those who make more than $250,000. the proposal known as plan b didn't work. it will remain to be seen if the smaller plan will. either way the countdown to the if you year could be very costly. >> i'm hopeful that a deal will avoid the worst parts of a fiscal live cliff. >> the tax increases need to be averted, avoided. they can be. i think in the end we'l
. >> you have a few days to make a difference on 2012 taxes. i'll explain coming up. >> and for those of you planning to go out for new year's eve, we'll look at the forecast coming up. ...so as you can see, geico's customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is computer animated. it's not real. geico's customer satisfaction is quite real though. this computer-animated coffee tastes dreadful. geico. 15 minutes could save you 15 % or more on car insurance. someone get me a latte will ya, please? >> now, your 11 insta-weather plus forecast with meteorologist ava marie. >> we are taking a look at the radar right now and lake-effect snow showers have been tracking through ohio, pennsylvania, west virginia, all morning long. some are accumulating. what we are watching is a few flurries trying to make their way into central maryland. we've seen a couple of around baltimore. someone reported a flurry in lutherville. look at this icy mix trying
package, one that ensures taxes don't rison middle and lower income americans. in washington, sally kidd, wbal tv 11 news. >>> house will hold a rare sunday session. votes are scheduled for early evening but smeeker boehner isn't expected to put anything on the floor for a vote unless he is sure that it can pass. also this sunday, president obama will be david gregory's guest on "meet the press." you can watch the interview right here tomorrow at 10 a.m. >>> the fourth strike averted at least for now. the long shore man's union agreed to extend their expiring contract for 30 days. it puts off a threatened sunday strike at 15 ports across the country including here in baltimore. a strike would have crippled operations along the ports. it's reported major steps have been taken toward resolving the on going dispute. >>> carl snow, director of civil rights for the maryland attorney general's office, will retire on january 8th. the ag's office made that announcement friday. this decision comes amid some legal problems for snoweden. he was convicted last month of marijuana possession and has a
is down 17 now at 2973. and the s&p 500 index is down eight points right now at 1411. so the tax cuts and spending cuts, there's fear of another u.s. debt downgrade by the major rating agencies. >> will that happen, and will it derail any hopes of a real economic recovery? in today's "closing bell" exchange lee munson and jared bernstein, cnbc contributor and former chief economist under vice president joe biden. we'll hopefully get andrew in a second, and we also have rick santelli who joins us as always at this time. gentlemen, fantastic to have you with us. lee, on this news it seems as if the market is getting its hopes up. personally i feel i will believe it when i see it. would you agree? >> yeah. you should wait until this is actually the ink is dried. here's one thing that's really changed in sentiment over the last week, mandy. last week everybody was talking about having this deal baked into the bryce price. now all of a sudden, as if some miracles happened, traders are actually talking about buying more puts and putting on more hedges. i can tell investors out there that it
in getting toward the 11th hour of the negotiations. >> without a deal, taxes will go up on every worker and next week. et in.pending cuts sai >> the government is supposed to be working for the people and i do not see that. >> senators came back from their christmas break early. nt overblicans have bee backwards. we wanted an agreement. but we had no takers. >> we are in the same situation we it been in for a long time. we cannot negotiate with ourselves. >> house members will come back to work on sunday and will work through the new year if needed. republic and say they are willing to compromise on taxes but not more government spending. the goal is to get a deal before midnight monday. a growing number of lawmakers doubt that will happen. danielle leigh, wbal-tv 11 news. >> today marks two weeks since the shooting tragedy in newtown, connecticut. there has been an increase in gun sales. in 7200 gun purchase applications filed in november. at least 62,000 more will be handled. troopers will not speculate as to why they have increased. >> as stall in negotiations could paralyzed shippin
to miss it. >>> time is running out for homeowners to take advantage of a tax credit. >>> we reveal the cream of skin products. >>> we begin with winter weather. we hope that nothing is moving in and it stays calm. >>> a nice stretch, rosy in the day tomorrow, the wicked winds of today are diminishing, breezy and winds northwest, 10 to 15, even the peak wind gusts are down. things are quieting down. wind chills in the 20s. while one storm continues to head out into eastern kansas, a new storm on the texas coast and that will be the saturday weather maker. doesn't look like much now but it is headed our way for the first half of the weekend and it will mean winter weather for maryland and we got the details in a few minutes. >>> have you been swammed with news of a fiscal cliff where your property rates could rise if you don't take action. for half a million marylanders, they may be missing out on free money. we have more on that. >> reporter: we are talking about losing hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars if the homestead tax credit mick -- application is not filled out. we
disappointed because, one, our lives are in other people's hands, and if you raise the taxes, how are we going to survive for 201 and on? >> i'm just, like i said, waiting to see what comes up and hope for the best. >> a lot of people don't know that we will automatically see a 2% did he address in our take- home tax. >> are you angry that we're even in this situation? >> not so much angry. just frustrated and, you know, just confused by it all, the lack of willingness to strike a deal should. what would you like lawmakers to give you regarding the fiscal cliff? >> compromise. i want them to come together and fix this problem. >> come together for a common goal. >> we really need a solution here. >> give back to the citizens, especially the hard working ones such as myself. >> coming to a compromise on spending. >> i think we're going to go over the cliff. >> we need to come together, because if we don't we'll fall apart. >> what, three days, four days left? >> reporter: yeah. >> we'll good over the cliff but i don't think there's going to be any long-term deal. >> can you please not raise our
a large plant involving tax reform in a matter of days. >> serious doubt is setting in. even starbucks is getting involved. john boehner said he is sitting this round out. >> i think that john boehner is being controlled unfortunately by the right wing pickwick that leaves it up to harry reid and the rest of the senate to find a solution. the plan would avoid tax increases and would eliminate some big spending cuts and restore unemployment benefits. >> you are likely to see a two- step process. >> without a deal, bush era tax cuts will expire on january 1. congress set up the deadline hoping it would force a compromise. so far that has a compromise in. also flyback will be brian schatz. he will be replacing daniel inouye and will likely be sworn in later today. danielle leigh, wbal-tv 11 news. >> with the new year comes new state laws. >> kim dacey has more on what to expect. >> on tuesday, a dozen new state laws will go into effect. some were highly discuss. one allows gay couples to marry as of january 1. baltimore city elections will now be held in the same cycle as the presidential
leaders friday calling on them to allow a vote on his plan would raise taxes on those making more than $250,000. >> i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with majorities, as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. >> roy blunt delivered the response, criticizing the president's proposal. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top 2% will not only pay 1/3 of the interest owed on this massive $16 trillion debt. >> sources say senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell are drafting a small stopgap plan that could include extending unemployment insurance, protecting 30 million americans from paying the alternative minimum tax, and allowing tax rates to increase on the wealthiest americans. but the issue remains a major sticking point, with many republicans resisting any tax increase. economists says the last minute product -- a process called into question washington's ability to deal with the hard issues of tax reform. >> the prospects for the economy are incredibly dim until we tackle these challenges and put some certainty into the economy and boost co
? >> that is right, the temporary payroll tax cut is set to expire, affecting everyone getting a paycheck. we are told senate leaders are trying everything, private conferences, phone call, email trying to hammer out a deal before the deadline. the clock is ticking, just three days left now. >> i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> this weekend, government issued the's are arriving at the capitol signal talks are still going on, but the americans are getting impatient. >> sit down, get in a room, and don't come out until you get this taken care of. >> right now, harry reid and mitch mcconnell are working on a so-called mini deal to prevent a tax increase for roughly 98% of american workers, extending unemployment benefits to nearly 2 million people, preventing cuts to medicare doctors. >> whenever we come up with will be in perfect. >> it comes up with president obama calls the bare minimum addressing tax cuts without doing anything to curb spending. >> we will get at best a patch and be here again in two months. congress cannot get out of its own way. >> average family would pay an extra $3,400 nex
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